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The following instrument areas require a prescreen recording: chamber music, composition, technology and applied composition, conducting, piano and voice.
Faculty will review prescreen recordings to determine if you will be invited to audition in person at either the Conservatory or a regional audition site. Please refer to the final audition repertoire section for live audition requirements.
If your instrument is not listed above, you are not required to submit a prescreen recording.
It is mandatory to submit all prescreen recordings online as part of your DecisionDesk application. These are due December 1st.
Candidates must submit an unedited prescreen audio-visual recording with the following solo repertoire. Please note that current SFCM students are required to submit a prescreen recording if applying for the chamber music program.
Chamber Music: Applying as a Preformed String Quartet
Applicants must submit the following materials: three or more scores in various media and a recording (audio or audio-visual) of each score. Scores must show evidence of original musical thought and the fundamentals of compositional technique. Electronic compositions are acceptable, but applicants must also show competence in traditional notation in the scores submitted. Computer-generated scores should be checked for correct transpositions, appropriate accidentals and normal spellings. MIDI recordings are acceptable in exceptional cases, but acoustic performances are strongly recommended.
Technology and Applied Composition
1. One musical score that demonstrates original musical thought and the fundamentals of compositional technique.
2. A self-produced recording of an original work (can be made using any combination of acoustic and virtual instruments).
3. Personal statement discussing three areas: musical training and experience, interests and career goals, and your interest and/or experience with music outside of the classical tradition.
4. Essay: Choose one topic
Describe your thoughts on the intersection of technology and music
Describe your thoughts on the role of the composer in the 21st century.
5. Additional Work Samples: We want to get a sense for how you think and interact with various disciplines and technologies. Please include anything that might paint the bigger picture of your creativity or interests. Multi-media art, interactive digital art, literary interests, improvisation or computer generated compositions are encouraged.
Candidates must submit an unedited audio-visual recording of the applicant conducting a group in rehearsal for at least 30 minutes. A full orchestra is not necessary. Applicants may include a concert performance in addition to the 30 minutes of rehearsal, but this is not required.
Applicants must submit an unedited audio-visual recording with the following repertoire:
Undergraduate (recording must be at least 20 minutes in length):
Graduate (recording must be at least 30 minutes in length):
Applicants must submit a prescreen recording with the repertoire listed below. We strongly recommend that the recording be audio-visual, but we will accept audio-only recordings.